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9" CAPACITIVE MULTI TOUCH ANDROID 4.0 TABLET PC ALL WINNER A13
9" CAPACITIVE MULTI TOUCH ANDROID 4.0 TABLET PC ALL WINNER A13
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price, 14 Jun 2013
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As an IT professional, I expect my PCs to perform. This tablet wasn't bought to replace a laptop or desktop - no tablet can do that.

But for what it was bought for, carrying around, manipulating files, browsing photos etc it is very good. Audio isn't great it you want multi-media but apart from that it does everything expected of a tablet.

Was delivered in two days and so far I've had no problems with the device itself. I'm not a gamer so I can't comment on how good it would be for gaming but it does everything I want and for sixty quid it does it a lot cheaper than iPads and the like..


An Utterly Impartial History of Britain or 2000 Years of Upper-class Idiots in Charge
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain or 2000 Years of Upper-class Idiots in Charge
by John O'Farrell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.73

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A History of English Rulers, 6 Feb 2008
By and large, I did enjoy reading this book. O'Farrell does have the Bryson skill of humour and putting across a subject in an easy to absorb manner.

But this is not a history of Britain. It is a history of England's rulers. The histories of the Scots, Welsh and Irish are ignored except when they affect England. For example MacBeth does not get a single mention while every English king written about by Shakespeare is analysed in depth. Even after the Act of Union, O'Farrell treats the words "England" and "English" as interchangeable with "Britain" and "British". Lots of comments about English soldiers fighting in the wars or defending England. Certainly a book that would not endear itself north of Berwick.

Referring to the Kingdom of Northumbria as Northumberland didn't gain any Brownie points with this reader either.

Where O'Farrell does succeed is in destroying some of the myths around English purity and Anglo-Saxon culture. This is a book that will not be top of the BNP reading list.

To summarise, a good read unless you are Scottish, Welsh or Irish.


Blind Faith
Blind Faith
by Ben Elton
Edition: Hardcover

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentalism taken to the ultimate conclusion, 2 Jan 2008
This review is from: Blind Faith (Hardcover)
Many of the other reviewers have compared this book with Orwell's 1984 and without a doubt there are parallels. But what Elton also brings into play is an analysis of the current rise of religious fundamentalism and its rejection of science and logic. As well as being set in a post apocalypse police state this novel is also set in a world that has reverted to the dark ages where science is outlawed and faith is all that is to be believed.

A preview of a post global-warming world. The possible conclusion of today's FaceBook/You Tube and reality TV fixation. And a total denunciation of the mindlessness of reactionary religion. All in an easy to read and fast paced novel.


Bizarro Comics SC
Bizarro Comics SC
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.15

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the DC universe but not as you know it, 17 April 2007
This review is from: Bizarro Comics SC (Paperback)
I am not a lover of DC/Marvel comics played for laughs. Most of the time. the humour is too juvenile for my taste, so I approached this book with trepidation.

The main storyline is that Mr Mxyzptlk enlists the aid of Bizarro to save the fifth dimension from an invader. This story is presented as you would expect a Mr M meets Bizarro story to be told but in the middle, Bizarro sets off writing his own comics (supposedly) and the vast majority of the book is actually these Bizarro takes on the DC universe.

The stories are by different authors and drawn in very different styles. Storylines range from the silly (the Aquaman stories) to the quite human (Supergirl and Mary Marvel chatting over coffee). The story of baby Clark Kent's babysitter is straight Tom & Jerry while the recruiting of a Green Lantern reserve is a side of the GL Corps never before published.

All in all an interesting book that is not exactly laugh out loud but is a very different take on DC's characters.


Chart Throb
Chart Throb
by Ben Elton
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars X Factor revealed, 15 Feb 2007
This review is from: Chart Throb (Hardcover)
It is quite clear from very early on that this is a very thinly veiled deconstruction of the X Factor machine. The judges in the fictional show are too close for coincidence (albeit that Sharon Osbourne is replaced by a trans-sexual Ozzy for a bit of a difference). Most of the story is about the mechanisms of choosing and promoting contestants and ultimately deciding who wins.

There are, of course, Elton trademark oddball characters and dysfunctional love lives but this book is more concentrated on the subject - the Chart Throb reality TV programme - than any previous Elton book. Because it's not a who-dunnit, Elton had to come up with a twist at the end and this is the weakness. The twist is somewhat contrived and frankly didn't enhance the book in any way.

Ben Elton fans will recognise the fairly easy-read style that gets the point over without stretching the reader. Not as gripping as Dead Famous for instance but still worth a read just for the insider info on X Factor. Should be mandatory reading for anyone thinking of applying to the show.


The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones (2000 Ad)
The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones (2000 Ad)
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5000AD a Space Oddessy, 13 Feb 2007
This story is one of Alan Moore's earliest but is no worse for it. Halo Jones is an eighteen year old girl growing up in the 50 century in a floating ghetto off the coast of Manhattan. Jobs are scarce and most inhabitants choose to either have music implants so they just become zombies (and this was before iPODS!) or join a violent gang; and when it gets too much there are euthanasia gardens to end it all.

Eventually Halo has had enough and breaks away, first working on an inter-stellar cruiser, followed by other journeys from world to world before joining the Earth's army at war against the colonies.

Like most good science fiction the human story could have taken place today, in the recent past or in the Middle Ages. The second half of the story - the army years - contains a jungle warfare episode that was pure Viet-Nam but equally there is a battle on a giant planet that is a real Sci-Fi highlight.

This story shows poverty, desperation, violent death and the effects of warfare but still has a central character that keeps going. Without spoiling the story, the ending was left as if either the publishers or the authors expected a follow-up. But it never happened. Nevertheless, the story stands alone and is a worthy addition to any Alan Moore fan's bookshelf.

This book was originally published in serial form in "2000 AD" and as such the art is black and white.


Kind Hearts And Coronets [DVD]
Kind Hearts And Coronets [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dennis Price
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 14.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alec Guinness at his best, 6 Feb 2007
This tale of upper class murder is dated in its production but is still a classic dark comedy. Unlike most Ealing comedies, this is a period piece set in the eighteenth/nineteenth century.

Alec Guinness plays all the members of a family, most of whom are fated to meet untimely ends. Not a who-dunnit more of a will-he-get-away-with-it?

Guinness fans/Ealing comedy fans will love it, as will anyone who enjoys British movies from an age when the British film industry wasn't in awe of Hollywood.


Marvels
Marvels
by Kurt Busiek
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What life would be like if there were super heroes, 6 Feb 2007
This review is from: Marvels (Paperback)
Busiek and Ross have taken the Marvel universe and shown what it would be like for an ordinary person. In doing so they have projected the awe that 'normal' people would have but also the threats and terrors that come with having giants among us.

Well written and beutifully drawn, this book is a great read for fans of the Marvel universe.


Supreme: The Story of the Year
Supreme: The Story of the Year
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suoerman re-visited, 4 Feb 2007
Alan Moore is very good at taking an old theme or concept and revisalising it. Here there is a slightly different slant. Moore is taking the whole DC Comics universe and creating a parallel world where most characters are recognisable but not quite the same. Superman is the title character Supreme, Batman is Professor Night etc.

This is not a rip-off but a homage. The flashback sequences are shown in the style of the period so the sixties are exactly as you would have seen them in a DC Comic of the time including the artwork.

It all hangs together to make a great read, though anyone who isn't a fan of DC's line may struggle a bit.

My copy is printed beutifully and worth every penny.


DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New views of old characters, 3 Feb 2007
Over the years Alan Moore has taken a number of established charaters (Swamp Thing, Voodoo, Supreme etc) and revitalised them. But achieving this takes time and usually many months of publication. What this book contains is a collection of Moore one-offs (or two-offs) where he has added new dimensions in a very short time.

Don't expect Watchmen but still plenty of examples of Moore's talent for re-working old concepts and adding something fresh and original (Mr Mxyzptlk being the most outstanding - if you hate Mr Mxyzptlk as a character this is the book for you).

By the end of this book, I even felt sorry for the Joker!


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